Genelec has announced a significant free upgrade to its GLM software for audio monitor system setup, calibration and control, with the next-generation GLM 4 now giving users of Genelec Smart active monitors the benefits of Mac Catalina compatibility, a new user interface, and a host of additional new features.
By minimizing a room’s distractive acoustic influence on sound quality, GLM 4 is designed to provide a truthful sonic reference – wherever the user chooses to work.
Based on decades of research data from thousands of studios worldwide, GLM 4 integrates with Smart monitor onboard intelligent DSP hardware, allowing each monitor and subwoofer to be networked, configured and individually calibrated for the user’s specific acoustic environment.
In addition, GLM’s reference microphone kit is designed to allow the user’s room acoustics to be accurately analyzed, after which GLM’s AutoCal automatically optimizes each monitor and subwoofer for level, distance delay, subwoofer crossover phase and room response equalization. At that point the user hasoptions for further manual adjustment, to achieve complete personalization.
Compatible with Windows and Mac OS, including 10.15 Catalina, the new user interface in GLM 4 designed to offer faster, more intuitive and easier navigation. Created in conjunction with industrial designer Harri Koskinen, the interface fuses clean aesthetics with a unique character that users will find logical and hugely satisfying.
GLM 4 offers all the functions of its GLM 3 predecessor, with the addition of new features including dedicated setup and control functions for immersive monitoring, and compatibility with the increasing number of audio monitoring standards in international mastering, broadcast, OTT and film. It also supports Cloud-based and local storage of settings, giving the user options for mobility, with the Cloud helpdesk available to provide remote consultancy via a team of Genelec audio experts.
Further, GLM 4 supports fully scalable systems from mono and stereo to more than 80 channels of immersive reproduction. The tight integration of hardware and software is also designed to help ensure optimum system performance and dynamic range, and in addition, allows the user to switch between monitor setups without having to use extra DAW outputs or invest in external hardware.
Additionally, since management and optimization of the system takes place at the end of the signal chain – in the monitors and subwoofers themselves – GLM 4 users can benefit from fixed and low-latency performance without having to bypass any monitoring software sitting on the master audio bus. This avoids the need to switch between “record” and “mix” modes, and once calibrated, GLM 4 settings can also be stored within the monitor or subwoofer itself, avoiding the possibility of accidental changes.
Genelec Managing Director Siamäk Naghian states, “GLM 4 is the distillation of many years of continuous research into the effects of room acoustics on monitoring system performance and will help to streamline the user’s workflow and elevate the quality of their mixes. In line with our design philosophy on sustainability, GLM 4 is also completely backwards-compatible with all generations of Smart Active Monitors. This means that professional users can not only be confident that GLM 4 is the most advanced, efficient and intuitive room calibration system on the market, but it also guarantees that Genelec Smart Active Monitors are an extremely secure, scalable and future-proof long-term investment.”